LONDON, June 18 – Stephen Hawking's voice was broadcast into space with a message of peace and hope on Friday, while the British physicist, who gained international recognition for his work in black holes, was buried during a service at the Westminster Abbey in London.
a wheelchair scientist who died in March of 76 years after a lifetime researching the origins of the universe, suffered from a motor neuron disease that forced him to use an electronic voice synthesizer.
His ashes were buried among the leading British scientific figures Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin at the 1,000-year-old Abbey, which became famous throughout the world for generations of royal coronations, weddings and funerals.
Members of the public of more than 100 co Untries, selected by a vote, joined friends and family for the service that included a reading of actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who played Hawking in a 2004 BBC film.  The voice of the physicist is a piece by the Greek electronic music composer Vangelis, he created the soundtrack of the 1981 film Chariots of Fire, it was sent from the Cebreros station of the European Space Agency in Spain.
The sound was transmitted to the nearest black hole, 1A 0620-00, which lives in a binary system with an ordinary orange dwarf star, his daughter Lucy Hawking said in a statement.
"It is a message of peace and hope, about unity and the need for us to live together in harmony on this planet," he said.
"This is a beautiful and symbolic gesture that creates a link between our father's presence on this planet, his desire to go into space and his explorations of the universe in his mind."
Hawking will rest between Newton, who formulated the law of univ ersal gravitation and laid the foundations of modern mathematics and Darwin, whose theory of evolution was one of the most momentous scientific discoveries of all time.
The burial inside Westminster Abbey is an honor that is rarely granted.
The most recent burials of scientists were those of Ernest Rutherford, a pioneer of nuclear physics, in 1937, and of Joseph John Thomson, who discovered electrons, in 1940.
About 25,000 people requested to attend the Service of Thanksgiving, according to the Hawking family. – Reuters